Celebrate Christmas Early with A Light in the Window by Julie Lessman

A Light in the Window KINDLE ED.
by Julie Lessman
Copyright 2012
About the Book:
One Woman. Two Men. One stirs her pulse and the other her faith. But who will win her heart? 

Marceline Murphy is a gentle beauty with a well-founded aversion to rogues. But when two of Boston's most notorious pursue her, she encounters a tug-of-war of the heart she isn’t expecting. Sam O’Rourke is the childhood hero she’s pined for, the brother of her best friend and a member of the large, boisterous family to which she longs to be a part. So when his best friend Patrick O’Connor joins in pursuit of her affections, the choice seems all too clear. Sam is from a family of faith and Patrick is not, two rogues whose wild ways clash head-on with Marcy’s—both in her faith and in her heart.

While overseeing the Christmas play fundraiser for the St. Mary’s parish soup kitchen—A Light in the Window—Marcy not only wrestles with her attraction to both men, but with her concern for their spiritual welfare. The play is based on the Irish custom of placing a candle in the window on Christmas Eve to welcome the Holy Family, and for Marcy, its message becomes deeply personal. Her grandmother Mima cautions her to guard her heart for the type of man who will respond to the "light in the window," meaning the message of Christ in her heart. But when disaster strikes during the play, Marcy is destined to discover the truth of the play’s message first-hand when it becomes clear that although two men have professed their undying love, only one has truly responded to “the light in the window.”

My Thoughts:
There aren't too many authors whose books I'll stay up until the wee hours of the morning reading but Julie Lessman is one of those. Following her theme of "Passion with a Purpose" this November the prequel to her best-selling Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series's tells how it all got started. In spectacular form as always Lessman treats readers to a love story with characters who are passionate about life as they are about their faith and they aren't afraid to show it. A Light in the Window is one of the finest examples of self-published fiction that I've read, period.

Marcy Murphy is a young woman with her future ahead of her and she knows what she wants AND what she doesn't want! When both of Boston's most notorious rogues express their interest in Marcy you can bet they'll quickly learn she isn't going to fall at their feet. Like any good love triangle you can expect quite the back and forth between Marcy, Sam, and Patrick. If you have read Julie's other books you know how the story ends but don't expect to be bored with a "predictable" story. Nope. Nah-uh. Not in this book!

A Light in the Window is just the kind of story to warm the cockles of your heart and get you in the Christmas mood. If you're lamenting the end of this family saga like I was you will want to put this on your Christmas wishlist. It's a great way to conclude the series or start it off if you will! As of right now it's only available in e-book format but the price is cheaper than a print book so take advantage if you're a Julie Lessman fan or are looking to read one of her books for the first time!

~ My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars ~

*I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*

To celebrate the release of A Light in the Window Julie is running some great contests on her website. To check them out click the link below.

Happy Reading!


  1. RENEE ... LOVE this review, my friend ... THANK YOU SOOOO much!!


  2. I didn't expect any less from Julie's pen! I can't wait until the email comes from Amazon saying the book has been delivered to my Kindle!!

    1. You will LOVE it! Trust me. ;-) Can't wait to read your review. ;-)


  3. Great review! I too loved A Light in the Window! And no way was it "predictable" even though I knew how it all turned out! So many twists and turns had me questioning if I had read the other books right! LOL!

    Julie@My Favorite Pastime

  4. Lovely review, Renee! :) I so agree with your thoughts - and it's hard to believe this one is self-published!! I love that Julie took this prequel seriously and made it so wonderful in its own right.


  5. Great review! I've been longing for this story. Must purchase immediately. :)

  6. Oh wow. A book about Marcy? I loved Julie's series about the O'Connors. One of my absolute favorite series ever. This one sounds fantastic. Shoot. I don't do e-books. I hope she'll have it published in print form!

    2 Kids and Tired Books

  7. Now you've done it, Renee. You've made me want to buy this book! I was trying to hold off until my sisters asked for a wish list. I'm not sure I'll be able to after reading this :) Thanks for linking up. Blessings!


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